Karin Dougan Vogel

Karin Dougan Vogel: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP AV stamp icon
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Karin Dougan Vogel is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's San Diego office. She is the Team Leader for the Appellate Practice Team firm wide.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Vogel is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law. She has extensive experience in appeals and writs on matters involving a broad range of complex business litigation, including business related torts and contract actions, land use disputes, partnership disputes, labor law matters, bankruptcy matters, financial institutions related actions, environmental issues, arbitration issues, class action issues, federal statutory and constitutional issues, and other complex commercial disputes. Ms. Vogel practices both in state and federal appellate courts, in all aspects of the appellate process.


•Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2019
•Super Lawyers, 2007-2019
•Top 50 San Diego Super Lawyer, 2010-2011
•Lawyers Club of San Diego Community Service Award, 2006
•San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program's Distinguished Service Award for contributing more than 150 hours of legal services to the indigent community, 2002-2003
•Finalist, San Diego Chargers Community Quarterback Award in recognition for her volunteer services, 2004
•State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award, 2002-2005


Reported Appellate Decisions

Doyle v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. (2018) 21 Cal.App.5th 33
Gerard v. Orange Coast Medical Center (2017) 9 Cal.App.5th 1204
Ammerman v. Callender (2016) 245 Cal.App.4th 1058
Lexin v. City of San Diego (2013) 222 Cal.App.4th 662
Choate v. Celite Corporation (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1460
Ragland v. U.S. Bank N.A. (2012) 209 Cal.App.4th 147
Bell v. H.F. Cox, Inc. (2012) 209 Cal.App.4th 62
M&F Fishing, Inc. v. Sea-Pac Insurance Managers, Inc. (2012) 202 Cal.App.4th 1509
Harris v. Superior Court (Liberty Mutual Insurance Company) (2011) 53 Cal.4th 170
Boschma v. Home Loan Center, Inc. (2011) 198 Cal.App.4th 230
Citizens for Responsible Equitable Environmental Dev. v. City of San Diego (2011) 196 Cal.App.4th 515
Stockton Citizens for Sensible Planning v. City of Stockton (2010) 48 Cal.4th 481
Puentes v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. (2008) 160 Cal.App.4th 638
Ambriz v. Kelegian (2007) 146 Cal.App.4th 1519
Blum v. Superior Court (Copley Press, Inc.) (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 418
NetBank, FSB v. Kipperman (In re Commercial Money Center, Inc.) (9th Cir. BAP Aug. 25, 2006) 350 B.R. 465
Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust v. City Council of City of San Marcos (2005) 132 Cal.App.4th 614
Fitz v. NCR Corporation (2004) 118 Cal.App.4th 702
D-Beam Ltd. Partnership v. Roller Derby Skates, Inc. (9th Cir. 2004) 366 F.3d 972
Buckhorn v. St. Jude Heritage Medical Group (2004) 121 Cal.App.4th 1401
Sneed v. Saenz (2004) 120 Cal.App.4th 1220
Padres L.P. v. Henderson (2003) 114 Cal.App.4th 495
Vallely Investments, L.P. v. BancAmerica Commercial Corporation (2001) 88 Cal.App.4th 816
Cooper v. Westbrook Torrey Hills (2000) 81 Cal.App.4th 1294
Goehring v. Superior Court (Bernier) (1998) 62 Cal.App.4th 894
Naftzger v. American Numismatic Society (1996) 42 Cal.App.4th 421
Parker v. Bain (9th Cir. 1995) 68 F.3d 1131
Dilley v. Gunn (9th Cir. 1995) 64 F.3d 1365


•Law Clerk for Justice William A. Holohan, Arizona Supreme Court, from 1986 to 1987


•Should You Appeal? Top 10 Things to Consider
The Recorder , September 5, 2017
•Puttin' On The Writs: 10 Tips For Petitioning For Calif. Appeal
Law360 , September 30, 2016
•Seeking (or resisting) Supreme Court Review?
Daily Journal , March 3, 2016
•10 Things Appellate Specialists Should Tell Trial Counsel
Corporate Counsel , June 12, 2015
•The Fed/State Difference
California Lawyer , November 2014
•Common Pitfalls of Appellate Practice
Daily Journal , February 27, 2014
•Your Skills: Top 10 Tips to Prepare for Oral Argument
The Recorder , August 2, 2013
•Keeping Your Options Open
California Lawyer , June 2000
•Preserving The Record For Appeal: Top Ten Mistakes
January 10, 2000
•When Can Guarantors Waive Antideficiency Protection?
CEB Real Property Reporter , January 1993

Media Mentions

•Sheppard Mullin Team Argues U.S. Supreme Court Trademark Case for Hana Bank
December 3, 2014

Speaking Engagements

•Co-Panelist, MCLE presentation on Standards of Review, presented to the San Diego Bar
•Speaker, MCLE course on Basic Appellate Practice, presented to the Eighth Annual Pacific Union Adventist Attorneys Conference
•Co-Panelist, MCLE presentation in-house on Preserving the Record for Appeal: Top Ten Mistakes

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Appellate
  • Healthcare
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
619.338.6532  Phone
619.234.3815  Fax
University Attended:
Union College, B.A., highest honors, 1981
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University, J.D., cum laude, 1986
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; California (all appellate; U.S. Supreme Court; trial courts)


•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
•Member, Litigation Section, California Bar Association
•Master, San Diego Appellate Inn of Court
•Member, Litigation Section, San Diego County Bar Association
•Member, Appellate Courts Committee, San Diego County Bar Association
•Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego
•Member, Board of Directors, The Monarch School
•Team Coach for The Bishop's School, San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition, 2008 - present
•Christ Church Day School, School Board President, 2007 - 2010
•Co-Chair, Women's Resource Fair Task Force, 2001 to 2004, and also from 2005 to 2006
•Founding Co-editor, San Diego Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report


Peer Reviews

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